Pure Freedom’s 2020-2021 School Year Wrap-Up!

School Year Wrap-Up

Pure Freedom is Lifeline’s sexual risk avoidance and relationship education program. Our educators travel to schools in Missouri to teach the value of sex and of healthy relationships to students in 6th grade through high school. The goal is not only to help them better understand their bodies but also to equip them with the tools necessary to make healthy decisions for their futures.

Despite the uncertainty that COVID brought, the 2020-2021 school year has been extremely positive and the program even set a new record for how many schools we were able to serve! 

Here is a wrap-up of our 2020-2021 school year numbers:

  • Our Pure Freedom educators taught to 5,407 students in total, including 1,121 in March, which was the peak month
  • We had a total of 1,048 class sessions with students
  • A total of 44, amazing middle and high schools welcomed us to talk to their students
  • And our educators traveled all around the state, to 21 counties in total

“This program really helped me learn more about the human body and to not be afraid to speak up my mind.” – Middle School Student.

Did Pure Freedom reach our target numbers?

Yes, it did! Even with a slow start in November and December in terms of students reached (due to the disruptions Covid brought), Pure Freedom consistently hit its target and over, surpassing all expectations. 

How do these numbers compare with those of last year?

 

The final statistics show a solid increase from the 2019-2020 school year. In comparison, Pure Freedom:

  • Served 3,445 students in 2019-2020 versus 5,407 in 2020-2021
  • Went to 41 schools in 2019-2020 versus 44 in 2020-2021
  • Traveled to 15 counties in 2019-2020 versus 21 in 2020-2021

2020-2021 Comparison

What about virtual class sessions?

In 2020, Pure Freedom started conducting some of their classes remotely to give students the relationship education they deserve even in those unpredicted circumstances. This year, Pure Freedom continued doing so, but in a much-improved setting, thanks to our new streaming room! As you can see in the picture below, this room has all the equipment necessary for the educators to provide high-quality virtual education, including soundproof walls! 

What webinars has Pure Freedom hosted?

Back in November 2020, Pure Freedom hosted a webinar on the topic of tough conversations. This webinar was open to all parents and professionals and was directed by Pure Freedom educator, Jackson. The feedback we received was positive, and we are hoping to offer more webinars and workshops soon. If you would like to be updated on the subsequent sessions, sign up for our emailing list here

What were the big highlights of this school year?

“Thank you for coming. I learned more about relationships and how to deal with toxic relationships.” – High School Student

Earlier this year, the Missouri Department of Education released new requirements regarding child sexual abuse prevention education. These new requirements have propelled more schools to reach out to Pure Freedom. Indeed, not only is the program’s curriculum trauma-informed, but it also includes entire sections on sexual abuse prevention and is offered to all schools at no cost. You may read more about the new school requirements on child sexual abuse prevention education on our blog

On another (very exciting!) note, this year was also the year Pure Freedom released its School Policy Action Toolkit! This toolkit is an excellent resource for school administrators and teachers, and other professionals to create an optimized school environment that fosters healthy learning, relationships, and development for their students. You can now request a copy of the toolkit and instantly download a PDF sample by visiting this page

Any personal events?

Larissa is amazing and so respectful. She answered questions clearly and she also helped with my personal life. “ – Middle School Student

 

When it comes to more personal happenings, we were overjoyed to see Pure Freedom educator Jackson and his wife welcome a baby girl! Jackson took a break from teaching in March to be with his newly expanded family but came back more motivated than ever. In addition, Larissa, another of our excellent Pure Freedom educators, has recently announced her first pregnancy! Congratulations to her and her husband! As for our newly arrived educator, Ryan, he got engaged at the end of 2020!

How did the students receive the program?

Most students had very positive feedback about the program and expressed that they were thankful to learn how to distinguish a toxic relationship from a healthy one. One high school student said: “Good program. It helped teach me what abuse looks and feels like“.

Learn more about Pure Freedom and our evidence-based primary prevention approach of sexual risk avoidance here. If you would like to support Pure Freedom, please consider giving by clicking on the “give” button located on the bottom right of the homepage

“I think everything was well-explained and let me learn more about everything. Come back next year!” – Middle School Student

Written by Elodie Takamiya.

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